Defensive Gun Use of the Day: Level Playing Field in Manchester, New Hampshire Edition

Michael Bontaites (Courtesy MPD)

Gun rights advocates often use the quote “God made man, Samuel Colt made them equal.” According to the company’s website, the actual advertising tag line was “Abe Lincoln may have freed all men, but Sam Colt made them equal.” Either way, it seems particularly appropriate for this case out of New Hampshire where . . .

a diminutive woman who is old enough to qualify for Social Insecurity used her handgun to protect herself. Situational awareness and the willingness to act spelled bad news for the attacker, who was less than half her age and nearly twice her size. From . . .

The woman, who is described as 4-foot-11 inches tall and 105 pounds, was in fear for her safety, police said, so she drew her concealed handgun and shot Bontaites in the upper chest.

The woman, who has a valid concealed carry gun permit, fired one round to stop the attack before seeking a safe zone inside of the building. Bontaites, who is 5-foot-11 and 200 pounds, fell to the ground as she ran into the secured building and contacted the Manchester Police Department through the emergency 911 phone line.

Michael Bontaites is in the hospital after being shot in the chest. He’s alleged to have followed the woman from a gas station, then hurriedly approached her before she could enter her apartment. He was attempting to grab her when she shot him. The police have charged him with robbery.

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